Told through the stories of six different men ranging in age from fourteen to eighty-six, Roots of Love documents the changing significance of hair and the turban among Sikhs in India. We see younger Sikh men abandoning their hair and turban to follow the current fashion trends, while the older generation struggles to retain the visible symbols of their religious identity. The film is a timely and relevant exploration of the inherent conflict between tradition and modernity, between pragmatism and faith. The choice of cutting one’s hair is one that not only concerns the individual and his family, but an entire community.


“Beautifully shot and crafted, Roots of Love succeeds both cinematically and ethnographically as an engaging narrative sure to provoke discussion both among Sikhs and students of anthropology, gender , religion, or media” 
      Jenny Cool, American Anthropologist

"Beautifully conceived and shot...  Pleasure to watch... A compassionate portrait of a community
in transition..."
Safina Uberoi, filmmaker and director of My Mother India and A Good Man.

“An honest, heart-wrenching film about religious, cultural, familial, and generational identity
issues for Sikhs, focusing primarily on the wearing of the turban for Sikh men... Beyond its artful cinematography, this film is a timely exploration of Sikh identity in an increasingly secularized
and globalized world that will be welcomed by educators, students, Sikh and non-Sikh religious
centers and social commentators alike...”
Doris Jakobsh, Sikh Studies Scholar, author of Relocating Gender in Sikh History and
Sikhism and Women.


Doordarshan (Indian national TV channel)

NETA (National Education Telecommunication Association) – on PBS channels nationwide

BBC World News



         SF International Asian American Film Festival, 2012

         3rdi SF International South Asian Film Festival, 2012

         Indian Film Festival of Hope, San Francisco 2012

         DisOrient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon 2012

         Sikhlens Film Festival, 2011

         Chicago South Asian Film Festival 2011

DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival 2011

Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival 2011

Tasveer – Seattle South Asian Film Festival 2011

Open Frame Film Festival, New Delhi 2011

Kerala International Documentary and Short Film Festival 2011

Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Media Festival, Montreal 2011

AWARD: Best Student Film


Annual South Asian Conference at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2011

New Directions in South Asian Diaspora Research Conference at Yale University, 2011

Accessing the Complexities of S. A. Migration Conference at the University of Waterloo, 2011 

Public Anthropology Conference at American University, 2011     



26 mins. 2011, India

In Punjabi & English w/subtitles

Directed by Harjant Gill

Produced by PSBT (Public Service Broadcasting Trust)